2014 Conference Featured Speakers

Dr. Anthony B. Bradley is an author, professor and conservative public intellectual whose provocative and compelling views have made him a highly sought after lecturer, TV commentator and cultural critic. Bradley is associate professor of theology and ethics at The King’s College in New York City and Research Fellow at renowned think tank Acton Institute. He is the author of several books, including Black and Tired, Liberating Black Theology, and most recently, Aliens in the Promised Land. Recognized as an authority on issues of race, political economy, welfare policy, religion, hip hop and youth culture, Bradley has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN/Headline News and Fox News, among other news outlets. He has also published cultural commentary in a variety of periodicals such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine. Previously, Bradley was assistant professor of systematic theology and ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute. He holds a bachelor of science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a master of divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a master of arts in ethics and society from Fordham University, and a doctor of philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

 

1          G, T     Racial Solidarity: Race Relations in the Kingdom of God
3          G, T     Does Society Belong to the Government or God?
Thursday Keynote      G         Teaching Children to Live as the Image of God Rather than Society's Definition of Success

 

Rachael Carman is a wife and mother, and she is passionate about both roles. She and Davis have been blessed with seven children ranging in age from ten to twenty-three. Her journey into homeschooling included a bumpy start, but she is grateful that God brought her to this place. She is thankful for the daily experience of His faithfulness and grace in this adventure of a lifetime. Since 2002, Rachael has been on the board of NCHE. A year later, she started Real Refreshment Retreats for homeschool moms. In 2005, she had the privilege of authoring a book for Focus on the Family entitled Soundbites from Heaven—What God Wants Us to Hear When We Talk to Our Kids. She has recently entered the world of homeschool curriculum publishing. In June 2008, Rachael and Davis became the new owners of Apologia Educational Ministries. Her ultimate goal, and the Apologia mission, is to help homeschool families learn, live and defend the Christian faith. Rachael’s latest book, How to Have A H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids, is published by Apologia. She has enjoyed speaking and encouraging homeschool groups for over fifteen years. It is her heart’s desire to become all God has planned for her to be for His glory. She loves challenging others to dare living in reckless, obedient faith. Rachael is quick to admit her many imperfections and share stories that highlight her shortcomings and the redemptive hand of Jesus Christ. Her humor will put you at ease; her honesty will surprise you, and her heart will inspire you to go deeper, stand firm and be strong!

1          M, T    Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. 
3          G         Teaching Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.
4          G         How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids
6          G         Living Life outside the Normal Box
8          G, T     Celebrating the Journey: Loving, Learning and Laughing
9          M         Stand by Your Man

 

Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a biblical worldview. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in apologetics and worldview studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Traveling throughout the US and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean recently released GodQuest, a six-week DVD-based curriculum complete with fiction and non-fiction books and a workbook. He is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?,Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Experience Your BibleThe Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant FaithEvidence for the Resurrection and More Than a Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. Sean is the general editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World and has contributed to YouthWorker JournalDecision Magazine and the Christian Research Journal. In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children.

1          T, G     Atheist Encounter
2          T, G     Truth or Tragedy
4          T, G     Understanding Intelligent Design
6          T, G     Why the New Testament Can Be Trusted
8          T, G     If God, Why Evil?
9          T, G     What’s the Big Deal about Pornography?

 

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science and business. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Bryan College. In the last twenty years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder, James Dobson, referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He and his wife, Danielle, have four children and live in Colorado.

Friday Keynote, G      Cultivating Kids, Raising Children to Live Fruitful Lives
5          G         The Three Hungers
7          G         Rescuing Your Children from the Culture of Irresponsibility
9          G         Why Kids Walk Away from Their Faith (and What to Do about It)
11        G         Breakthrough Leadership—Four Steps to Cultivating Your Child’s Leadership Ability

 

Diana Waring is the author of Beyond SurvivalReaping the Harvest and History Revealed world history curriculum. Diana discovered years ago that the key to education is relationship. Diana started homeschooling in the early 1980s and homeschooled her children through high school. This experience provided her the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was honoring Him, the creator of all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana cares about how people learn as well as what they learn. Audiences on four continents have enthusiastically received her energetic speaking style.

1          G         Actively Engage Learning and Actually Enjoy Learning
2          G         Exposing the Wizard of Oz—A Christian's Guide to Teaching History
4          G         Not Just Your Average Genius
6          G         The Key to Education Is Relationship
8          G         Box Free Living
11        M         Things I Wish I'd Known

Todd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly email for dads, seminars and books that encourage parents. Todd and his wife, Debbie, homeschool their eight children in northern Indiana and travel around America in the Familyman mobile. 

Leaders           They Look to You—Support Group Leader’s Workshop
2          G         An Unbeatable Team (for husbands and wives)
4          G         It’s Way More than Math Facts
6          G         What to Do when Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan
8          G         Answers for the Homeschool Critics in Your Life—Even When It’s You
Saturday Keynote, G  This, We Believe
11        G         Taming the Techno-Beast, Parenting in the Internet Age